So I’ve been given the pleasure of sharing with you you good people some insight into my thoughts on the trials and tribulations of the footballing world. That’s right; you could say I’ve been given a column of sorts (albeit on a trial basis), so here’s hoping you read and of course enjoy my, potentially, weekly rants.
It’s Monday, we’re in the height of summer, and we’re in pre-season. Yes, it is the time of year that football websites probably hit their peak traffic, and we are all looking out for the holy grail that is the yellow breaking news bar on Sky Sports News. It is of course silly season and we are in the midst of the transfer window. Now, you are probably thinking, what’s wrong with that? Well if that’s the case, hear me out. The transfer window is an absolute pain, we have two months of broken promises, near misses, and ultimately let downs; I’m talking about you Thiago Alcantara. This coupled with the lack of any real football makes the alien heat we are currently experiencing somewhat unbearable.
Yes, we sometimes get what we want, our club may go out and make that marque signing, but more often than not, we are left with crippling disappointment; we are made to believe that change is on its way, only for it to be built up and taken away from us at the last second. The irony, however, is with the fact that we are gutted about losing something we never even had; a bit weird, right?
Before the transfer window, this process was spread throughout the year, we didn’t have twitter or blogs to spread rumours and it was a lot easier to handle. Now, we have this circus condensed into two months, when all we are really waiting for is for the Premier League to start again.
Speaking of the Premier League, what is going on? We seem to be unable to attract the world’s best players anymore. You could argue that La Liga has always had the edge on us, but now even the Bundesliga is ahead of us, coupled with the increasingly richer Ligue 1 we seem to be getting left behind a bit. I know I’m talking about Thiago choosing Bayern Munich ahead of Manchester United again; it’s just left a bitter taste in my mouth is all. What’s more it seems to be becoming a bit of a trend; Falcao opted to go to France, Cavani looks set to follow, Mkhitaryan chose Dortmund over Liverpool, Neymar went to Barcelona, I could go on. The fact is, that these players are choosing to ply their trade elsewhere, is this a reflection on the quality of English football or is it in most cases a financial sway? Either way it is becoming a bit startling.
It’s not all bad though, and maybe it could be something that ultimately aids our perennially underachieving national team, if our clubs can’t compete for the best international stars maybe they’ll be forced to rely on home grown players. I don’t know about you but I’d love to see the likes of Zaha and Cleverley play week in week out. It’d also give our youth players a chance, should United fail to sign a replacement for Paul Scholes could we see Adnan Januzaj be given a chance? What about Jordon Ibe at Liverpool or Izzy Brown at West Brom? Every cloud has a silver lining and all that.
My final thought for this week is on Wayne Rooney. Wayne Rooney is an enigma I just can’t understand. In 2010, he was arguably one of the top five players in the world, this brought about an aura of cockiness in him and he became convinced he could do better than Manchester United. He went on to hold the club, which has always said no player is bigger than them, to ransom; he of course won and was given a contract that persuaded him to stay. Then the inevitable happened, his form dropped, he got fat and was still earning a wedge a week. Following the arrival of Robin Van Persie, the faltering Rooney saw his spot in the line-up taken away – he complains again. However this time he has no right to complain, he isn’t the player he was two or three years ago. To me, if he wants to play – he needs to start training well and earn that spot in the team, not hand in a transfer request/throw his toys out of the pram and complain.
He is, when on form, an incredibly talented player, but he is also one that is incredibly inconsistent, sometimes it comes across like he’s a bit bored, a bit of a kick in the teeth to all those young players fighting for a chance like his, no? Is it complacency or is he just spoilt? Either way, it’s becoming a tad monotonous, should he start delivering on the pitch again, then fair enough – we can revisit the contract/playing time situation; until then I think it really is a case of ‘put up or shut up’.
That’s pretty much it from me for this week, let me know what you think, football debate is always healthy debate in my book.
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This article was first posted on July 15, 2013